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Windows 10 vs. Linux OpenGL Performance
     Sun, Jan 29 2017 | 4:03P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"For those curious about the current Kabylake graphics performance between Windows 10 and Linux, here are some OpenGL benchmark results under each operating system. Windows 10 Pro x64 was tested and the Linux distributions for comparison were Ubuntu 16.10, Clear Linux, Antergos, Fedora 25 Xfce, and openSUSE Tumbleweed."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

26-Way Intel/AMD CPU System Comparison With Ubuntu 16.10
     Sat, Jan 28 2017 | 9:00A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"In preparation for Intel Kaby Lake socketed CPU benchmark results soon on Phoronix, the past number of days I have been re-tested many of the systems in our benchmark server room for comparing to the performance of the new Kaby Lake hardware. For those wanting to see how existing Intel and AMD systems compare when using Ubuntu 16.10 x86_64 and the latest Linux 4.10 Git kernel, here are those benchmarks ahead of our Kaby Lake Linux CPU reviews."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Comparing Team Communication Apps
     Fri, Jan 13 2017 | 8:37A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Team communication and messaging is one area where we've seen a ton of action lately, with apps such as Slack becoming the ultimate tool for workgroup collaboration. Make your business and workgroup more efficient with a communication solution that doesn't cost a dime.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

You can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free
     Wed, Jan 04 2017 | 7:58P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Microsoft officially ended their free Windows 10 upgrade program on July 29th. For those that did want to upgrade but didn't get around to it, there are still a couple of known ‘loopholes’ to get a free Windows 10 upgrade which Microsoft hasn’t bothered to close, even five months after the offer officially ended.

Microsoft is continuing to offer free Windows 10 upgrades to those who use assistive technologies, such as a screen narrator or magnifier. Anyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 qualifies for the offer, as Microsoft isn't really checking to see whether you are actually using these assistive tools.

The upgrade process couldn’t be simpler. Just head to Microsoft's accessibility website, download the program that's listed on their upgrade page, and then install your free Windows 10 update."

  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Short Filename Rev. 2.1.
     Sat, Dec 24 2016 | 4:03P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's been 20 years since Microsoft first introduced the long filename (LFN) in Windows NT 3.5, but NTFS continues to generate a short filename for every file you write today. This reduces the filesystem performance and introduces additional writes that are unnecessary. Unless you are using old software from when Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock first broke out into stardom in Speed, you should disable the automatic generation of the 8.3 short filename. Doing so will give a kick to the NTFS file system's performance, and if you are using an SSD, help maintain its performance and lifespan.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Microsoft Patents Big Brother AI To Monitor All Actions In Windows
     Thu, Oct 13 2016 | 4:02P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Microsoft has angered users over the past year for its willingness to push the boundaries of acceptable practice for promoting adoption of its operating system. Also, some feel it crossed that line with respect to user data collection and privacy concerns. However, Microsoft stands to garner a lot more criticism if its recent patent filing comes to life in a production software product. The title of the patent is “Query Formulation Via Task Continuum” and it aims to make it easier for apps to share data in real-time so that the user can perform better searches...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

macOS 10.12 Sierra vs. Ubuntu 16.04 Linux Benchmarks
     Fri, Oct 07 2016 | 9:02A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Apple released macOS 10.12 "Sierra" last week as the successor to OS X El Capitan. Given this annual update to macOS / OS X, here are benchmarks of macOS Sierra compared to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on a MacBook Air and Mac Mini computers."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

 
Here's Why Microsoft Will Only Optimize Windows 10
     Wed, Sep 07 2016 | 1:58P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There has been quite a bit of noise and plenty of confusion online lately, since news broke that Microsoft would only be fully supporting Intel’s and AMD’s next-generation processor microarchitectures – codenamed Kaby Lake and Zen, respectively – with Windows 10. Some publications and scores of readers pegged the decision as a pure marketing move by Microsoft and derided the company for forcing users to upgrade to Windows 10. On the surface, we understand why such a statement would make some people cringe. Not supporting Windows 7, which remains the second most popular desktop OS with enthusiasts, or the much-maligned Windows 8, means consumers will technically have fewer options and less choice when these processors actually hit the market. But that’s not necessarily the case...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Update Revealed.
     Fri, Aug 26 2016 | 9:02A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We were recently invited to an exclusive tech briefing on the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, where Andres Sirel, Windows & Devices Group Lead, demonstrated new features like Windows Ink, as well as improvements in Windows Hello, Microsoft Edge, Windows Notes.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Ubuntu 14.04/16.04 vs. Ubuntu Bash On Windows 10 Anniversary
     Wed, Aug 24 2016 | 4:01P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Microsoft and Canonical brought Bash and Ubuntu's user-space to Windows 10 earlier this year I ran some preliminary benchmarks of Ubuntu on Windows 10 versus a native Ubuntu installation on the same hardware. Now that this "Windows Subsystem for Linux" is part of the recent Windows 10 Anniversary Update, I've carried out some fresh benchmarks of Ubuntu running atop Windows 10 compared to Ubuntu running bare metal."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Update Revealed
     Tue, Aug 16 2016 | 9:03A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We were recently invited to an exclusive tech briefing on the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, where Andres Sirel, Windows & Devices Group Lead, demonstrated new features like Windows Ink, as well as improvements in Windows Hello, Microsoft Edge, Windows Notes.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 NVIDIA OpenGL Performance
     Fri, Apr 15 2016 | 12:01P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With having a clean Windows 10 installation around for the benchmarking of Ubuntu Bash on Windows 10 and Windows vs. Linux Vulkan benchmarking, I also took the opportunity to run a number of OpenGL benchmarks on both Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04 Linux with the same hardware and set of graphics cards. In this article are benchmarks of Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 with various NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 series graphics cards."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Review: The Windows 10 Mobile Flagship
     Tue, Apr 12 2016 | 9:01A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Forget almost everything you’ve read about the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL up to this point. We know that’s a bold statement, but bear with us here. Save for the phone’s specifications, if there’s one thing we’ve learned evaluating the 950 XL over the last few weeks it’s that virtually everything from the OS to the camera app has been changed or updated very recently, and it has affected battery life, responsiveness, and browsing, among many other things. Information published about the Lumia 950 XL that's any more than a couple of weeks old is simply outdated. It seems that Microsoft was tweaking a large number of elements and features in preparation for Windows 10 Mobile’s “official” release on a wide range of devices. Sure, Windows 10 came pre-installed on the Lumia 950 series, but there have been major changes over the phones’ relatively short lifespan. In any case, we’ve been using the Lumia 950 XL as our daily driver for a few weeks now and think we’ve gotten a very good feel for the phone and how it compares to previous-gen devices and the competition...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

The Performance Of Ubuntu Software Running On Windows 10
     Mon, Apr 11 2016 | 5:45P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"At the end of March was the surprising news about Microsoft bringing Bash and Ubuntu's user-space to Windows 10 via a new "Linux subsystem" for natively dealing with Linux ELF binaries atop Windows. Since last week the latest Windows Insider update now ships with said support for being able to run Bash and other Ubuntu user-space programs on Windows 10. I've been benchmarking the performance of Ubuntu/Linux software on Windows 10 and have some results to share comparing it to a clean Ubuntu installation."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

How Ubuntu 16.04 Is Performing
     Wed, Feb 24 2016 | 11:30A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"As it's been a month since our last large Linux distribution comparison (a 10-way Linux distribution battle), here are some fresh benchmarks of six Linux distributions to see how their out-of-the-box performance compares. From a Core i7 Broadwell system, the updated versions of Clear Linux, Fedora 23, CentOS 7, openSUSE 42.1, Ubuntu 15.10, and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS were compared."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Windows 10 Media Treasure Hunt.
     Sat, Feb 20 2016 | 4:00P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On the 3rd of February, Microsoft Malaysia organised a treasure hunt for the Malaysian media. It was a way to familiarise the participants with the Surface Pro 4 and Lumia 950, as well as a great way to start 2016 with a bang!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

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